Water and Unsustainable Development in the Ancient City of Angkor

Introduction: Angkor is the capital of the ancient Khmer empire in Cambodia, the biggest low density pre-industrialized city in the world. It flourished for a thousand years between the middle of the first and the middle of the second millennia CE and offers a unique opportunity to get a history of morphological changes due to human activities during the last thousand years. The project aims to assess the human impacts on the natural hydrology and morphological changes.

The project is part of the Greater Angkor Project (GAP), a collaborative project between the University of Sydney, the École Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) in Siem Reap, and APSARA, the Cambodian body responsible for overseeing the monuments at Angkor. GAP is an international, multidisciplinary research programme interested in the decline of urbanism at Angkor, in Cambodia.

Active: 2002-2004

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More information: Matti Kummu (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi)